Partly because I am a glutton for punishment and partly because I just couldn’t help myself but believe that there might be some slim chance that my favorite Chinese place could be open, I called to hear the recording for the hundredth time since the unfortunate kitchen fire put my mongolian chicken enjoyment on hiatus.
Every several days, I call the China Buffet at the Kanahwa Mall – just to check. It rings a couple times and a recording begins (imagine a very young Chinese accent): thank you for calling the China Buffet… we are temporarily closed. Or something like that.
Well, today….glorious day…I got a different recording. This one said: thank you for calling China Buffet, we will reopen the week of July 7.
For a moment, I was in a state of disbelief. Did I hear what I thought I just heard? Or was the recorded Chinese accent mangling the words actually being said into what I wanted to hear?
I called back to be certain. “Thank you for calling China Buffet. China Buffet should be reopen the week of July 7. Have a nice day.”
So it was true. In ten days I should be enjoying the garlicky green beans, the crab rangoons, my personal favorite – Mongolian chicken, the chicken with broccoli…Hell, I might even get stuff I don’t really like just ’cause I missed seeing it as I walked by it on the buffet.
It will be a homecoming.